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Hessel89

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As a hobby project, I'm considering buying a used i3 Mac mini (2018/2020) to try and see if I can upgrade the CPU.
Maybe even upgrade it to an i9 if it fits the ''socket''.
Looking at high resolution images from the iFixit teardown it seems like the CPU isn't ''in'' a socket, but rather glued on top of it.
I know some people have succeeded at changing the thermal paste, so I know it's possible to remove the CPU.
Are there are people out here that have tried such a thing? If so, what are your findings? And how does the T2 chip react?


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TylerL

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Changing the thermal paste does not mean removing the CPU – only removing the heat spreader on top of it.

This CPU is BGA (Ball grid array) soldered to the board. It cannot be removed or reattached without specialized equipment and great risk.

You are certainly free to try and let us know how it goes :) But it is more than likely not worth the trouble, cost, and risk.

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Hessel89

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Changing the thermal paste does not mean removing the CPU – only removing the heat spreader on top of it.

This CPU is BGA (Ball grid array) soldered to the board. It cannot be removed or reattached without specialized equipment and great risk.

You are certainly free to try and let us know how it goes :) But it is more than likely not worth the trouble, cost, and risk.

Thank you, that clears it up for me. Definitely not worth the Hassle then!
 
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